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Snowball Scuffle

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Snowball Scuffle
Various arrangements of "Snowball Scuffle".
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"Snowball Scuffle"[1] is a theme that originated from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where it plays in the first and third stages of White Wafers. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.


Ice Kirby skates through the icy land.

"Snowball Scuffle" is a cheery theme in C major with a time signature of 4/4. It uses instruments heard in "Shiver Star" from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, such as glockenspiel and sleigh bells, that create a wintery atmosphere. Both have similar harmonic accompaniments consisting of repeated chord stabs played by trumpets.

"Snowball Scuffle" structurally resembles "Beyond the Hill". Its first section features a melody beginning with a glockenspiel rising octave that follows with a small rise and slow descent, with subdominant harmonies dominating. It repeats with slight variations, which are toned down due to the nature of the instrument. A clarinet plays the melody again and gradually leads to a transitional melody, that is heard first by string-like instruments and then the original glockenspiel, transitioning through different tonalities, such as E flat major, B flat minor, G minor. The melody takes a turn resembling the final portion of "Beyond the Hill" that leads to a loop, but prior to reprising this function it resolves to G minor. With some tweaks, the melody passes through harmonies that lead it back to the original C major, at which point the track loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

"Snowball Scuffle" first appears in these games. It can be heard in Stage 1 and the first portion of Stage 3 of White Wafers.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

An arrangement of this theme can be unlocked by collecting one of the Treasure Chests found in the stage The Haunted Ship, to then be played in the Music Room. It is largely similar to the original but is somewhat more mellow thanks to the added strings and echoing effect.

Other appearances[edit]

The theme received a Christmas-themed remix in The Sound of Kirby Café 2, being present in the track 聖夜のシュガーホワイト (Sugar White Holy Night), with "Air Ride: Frozen Hillside". It was arranged by Shogo Sakai.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゆきがっせん
Snowball Fight
Chinese 打雪仗
dǎ xuě zhàng
Snowball Fight
Dutch Sneeuwbalsmijtpartij Snowball throwing party
French Bataille de boules de neige Snowball fight
German Schneeballschlacht Snowball fight
Italian Baruffa a palle di neve Snowball fight
Korean 눈싸움
Snowball Fight
Brazilian Portuguese Guerra de bolas de neve Snowball war
Latin American Spanish Escaramuza con bolas de nieve
Batalla de bolas de nieve
Snowball scuffle
Snowball fight
European Spanish Batalla de bolas de nieve Snowball fight